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New hunting regulations in place to combat CWD - abc27 WHTM

New hunting regulations in place to combat CWD

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has revised regulations for deer hunters this year to help prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

There are two areas that are affected in the state; one in Bedford County and another in York County.

Hunters that harvest deer in those areas may only remove the deer meat from the region and not the other parts of the carcass. That means hunters either have to butcher it themselves right there, or take it to a nearby processor or taxidermist.

"I'd say the majority of hunters do understand that this is a very serious threat to the entire deer herd in the state and the elk," said abc27 Outdoors reporter Kermit Henning. "We don't want it to spread throughout the deer herd."

The Game Commission says there is no evidence that Chronic Wasting Disease affects humans or any other animals, but hunters are advised to not take any chances. Meat from animals known to be infected with CWD should not be consumed.

 

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